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Go Down, Death!

Published 1944
Topics race, religion

Religious race film from Spencer Williams of "Amos N' Andy" fame.

More info from the film's IMDB page.

Run time 53:55
Production Company Harlemwood Studios
Audio/Visual sound, black and white


Reviewer: The_Emperor_Of_Television - favoritefavoritefavoritefavorite - October 20, 2012
Subject: Not too bad...
The direction is a bit questionable at times (such as the use of stock footage), but I still enjoyed it....and I'm not even a Christian.

It's a very watchable tale of good vs evil....
Reviewer: Meatpies - favoritefavoritefavoritefavorite - April 22, 2010
Subject: You know what I hate?
When reviewers will use items to do their own soapboxing, like Comeintoit did. Look, just review the film, not the site, not the message you think you heard, just the film, okay?

Here's why I hesitate to say that this is a bad film. I have no idea what it's like to be a black person in the 40s. I don't know what black film studios had access to as far as equipment and budget. I do know that it was not "top of the line" as the larger, major studios. But, I do give kudos because instead of sitting back and saying "The MAN is trying to keep us down", they did what they could with what they had, and allowed other cultures to see into their world, or at least what they wanted to portray their world to be.

The film had a good message. A statement was made, whether you agree with it or not, so to me, it's a good film. I am not going to comment on quality. We should be happy we have been able to see it.
Reviewer: Brian Pinette - favoritefavoritefavoritefavoritefavorite - May 14, 2009
Subject: Another time and place
WRITTEN, PRODUCED, DIRECTED BY BLACKS ... If you see BOTH films by this indie film maker ... and remember the time and place it was produced and written and ... at ANY time, indie writers/producers have a hard time getting ANYTHING "Out There" ... I have great respect and admiration for his time and talents. HE CHOSE a hard road and SAW his vision into fruition. For good or bad, I suspect he was proud of his efforts. Being a black (under-rated) actor of his day, he took great steps and perhaps even condemnation for going out of the system. Anyway, just an observance. I am an indie WHITE dude and it is hard to try to follow, pursue creative ndeavours ... yet, if you believe, you can see it through.
I enjoyed this opus tremendously.
Indie film/theatre/record producer as well as singer-songwriter and actor... Brian Pinette has written, produced & directed many an icon (in many creative venues): Dawn Wells (MaryAnn of "Gilligan's Island") scream-queen Kathrin Victor, (Brian wrote, produced and directed MOTHER starring) film noir icon Coleen Gray ("Red River" w/John Wayne, Stanley Kubrick's "The Killing," "The Leech Woman"), & silent film great Patsy Ruth Miller in her final film "MOTHER." Patsy was the original Esmeralda in Lon Chaney's silent film "The Hunchback of Notre Dame" (1923), Diane McBain (Surfside 6), Lillian Roth, Lillian Gish to name a few.
Brian was also writer, producer & director of Butterfly McQueen (Prissy in "Gone With the Wind") in her one woman show. As well as producer and writer for all films and recordings of "Country sing-sation" and acclaimed artist, Dallas Hill.
Brian has over 16 record albums and films & videos to his credit.
Currently, he is in pre-production of another indie film, "I'm Frightened Julie Andrews, I'm Frightened" co-starring Dallas Hill and Texas TV personality Warner Roberts.
"Onward and upward in the Spirit." smiles Brian.
"There is no other way, other than the way of 'Truth'."

Brian has written, produced & directed for & with Coleen Gray, Butterfly McQueen, Katrhin Victor, Patsy Ruth Miller, Diane McBain, Lillian Roth, Dawn Wells, Lillian Gish & Dallas Hill to name a few. He is an indie film/record maker as well as author & photographer.
Reviewer: malary - favorite - May 12, 2009
Subject: What Agony
Wow, this is one of the worst films I've ever seen. The acting is unbearably bad; maybe they had trouble getting good black actors for this obviously low-budget movie.
I guess if you're a fan of anything with a 'black gospel' plot, you might find this film almost endurable (note though that most of the gospel messages in this film are biblically inaccurate; not sure if they meant for it to be that way or not). Anyway, it's horrible but I'll give it '1 star' for least they tried.
Reviewer: TinyArmada - - December 30, 2008
Subject: RE: Comeintoend comment
Wow! "Comeintoend" has two insufferble qualities paired together, he's uneducated and bitter. The board would be better off if you refrain from making uncalled for racial comments that make little to no sense nor particularly relevant.

As for the movie Go Down, Death! It is worth viewing for the "accidental" scenes that accurately depict some aspects of black life in the 1930's & 40's. It's important to archive these films (and make them available in the public domain) because there are so few examples of "black" centric films from this era - when compared to the amount of "white" movies produced. These glimpses into the circumstances and society these moives depict and were born out of is fascinating - even if the films themselves are sometimes very offensive and low on production values.
Reviewer: reen1 - favoritefavoritefavorite - December 30, 2008
Subject: Interesting use of images from Dante's Hell
Good period piece worth watching. Most interesting are the images of Dante's Hell near the end of the film. Included are characters resembling Virgil and Dante.
Reviewer: comintoend - favoritefavoritefavorite - December 15, 2006
I like this film because of the cast. Most of the movies these whitesupremacists have on this site aren't relevant and lack substance as much of whitesupremacist culutre. I think they purposely place films on her to make the majority white subscribers happy and unchallenged. Why don't you put films on this site that spoke of the savagery of whites. How unhuman you really are. oh no keep the illusion going until hell.
Reviewer: Oscar Laurens Schrover - favorite - October 19, 2006
Subject: slow and amateurish
This picture betrays amateurism; superficial story and not very good acting. Some scenes are very documentary-like and these are really the best. Natural pictures of black life in the forties. The rest is.. well of historical value to say the best.
No aesthetical value whatsoever alas. Calvanistic gospelmovie.
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